MPs demand British universities stop accepting donations from dictatorships

Universities should not accept donations from dictatorships, MPs have said, following a Telegraph investigation into donations made to British institutions by authoritarian regimes.

Experts have warned that universities should be subject to funding rules similar to political parties to prevent foreign powers from “buying” influence at the heart of British higher education.

This newspaper has identified dozens of cases where the UK’s leading universities have accepted sponsorship from regimes accused of links to terrorism or human rights violations.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are funnelled into British universities from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, with funds often earmarked for setting up Middle Eastern or Islamic study centres.

This is an idea whose time is long past due. Canada’s universities serve as useful idiots for the spread of Islam.

  • Alain

    That is a good step, but they also need to block funding of Soros’ organisations and others like them.

  • simus1

    “Donations” from muslim despots to our so called cultural institutions are just nicey-nicey bribes in more elegant giftwrap.
    If they revert to the old deposits to secret bank accounts meme, the result will be the same.

  • tom_billesley

    Most academics in control of universities recognize only one dictator. That’s right, Trump. Actual dictators they always find ways to admire.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It’s even worse here in the states. University heads behave like sharmutas and are treated accordingly.